2014-2015 Walden University Catalog (June 2015) 
    
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2014-2015 Walden University Catalog (June 2015) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

PhD in Education


The PhD in Education is a research-focused program that produces outstanding professionals who can address the nation’s most pressing challenges in the field of education. Specializations in a variety of established and newly emerging fields and a general program are available. For those educators whose particular learning interests are not met by one of the specializations or whose interests are interdisciplinary, The Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership also offers a self-designed specialization to meet their unique needs.

The PhD in Education learning outcomes will be demonstrated through numerous direct and indirect measures in each of the PhD specializations. 

Learning Outcomes


At the end of this program, the education professional will:

  1. Synthesize content knowledge, concepts, and principles grounded in a specific educational discipline.
  2. Propose interventions based on the analysis of educational needs.
  3. Design and conduct research that is grounded in theory and based on previous research in the field.
  4. Conduct research that positively impacts social change.
  5. Communicate to multiple audiences via effective oral and written formats.
  6. Advocate for social change that integrates diverse perspectives and demonstrates awareness of global interrelationships.

Degree Requirements


Course-Based Specializations


Assessment, Evaluation, and Accountability; Educational Technology; Leadership, Policy, and Change; and Learning, Instruction, and Innovation specializations

  • 85–96 total quarter credit hours
  • Foundation courses
  • Courses and Research Sequence
  • Proposal, dissertation, and oral presentations (20 cr.)
  • Satisfactory progress in   or   while enrolled
  • Four PhD residencies
  • Minimum 8 quarters enrollment
  • ePortfolio

Mixed-Model (KAM/Course) Specializations


General Program; Adult Education Leadership; Community College Leadership; Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment; Early Childhood Education; Global and Comparative Education; Higher Education; Special Education; and Self-Designed specializations

  • 96 total quarter credit hours
  • Foundation courses (12 cr.)
  • KAMs and/or courses and Research Sequence (64 cr.)
  • Satisfactory progress in   or   while enrolled
  • Proposal, dissertation, and oral presentations (20 cr.)
  • Four PhD residencies
  • Minimum 8 quarters enrollment
  • ePortfolio

Course Sequence


Course-Based Format (except for the Educational Technology specialization)


Quarter

Course

Credits

1

EDUC 8110 - Development of the Scholar-Practitioner  

4 cr.

2

EDUC 8111 - Principles of Social Change  

4 cr.

3

EDUC 8112 - Social Change in Education  

4 cr.

4

EDUC 8113 - The Learner Across the Lifespan  

4 cr.

5

EDUC 8114 - Learning and Instruction  

or

Specialization course *

4 cr.

6

EDUC 8115 - Assessment and Accountability in Education  

4 cr.

7

EDUC 8116 - Leadership in a Global Society  

or

Specialization course *

4 cr.

8

EDUC 8117 - Educational Organizations and Contexts  

or

Specialization course *

4 cr.

9

EDUC 8118 - Innovation and Change in Education  

4 cr.

10

Specialization courses

24 cr.**

11

RSCH 8350D - Advanced Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis  

4 cr.

12

RSCH 8200D - Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis  

4 cr.

13

RSCH 8300D - Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis  

4 cr.

14

Advanced research courses:

RSCH 8250D - Advanced Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis  

and

  

or

RSCH 8450D - Advanced Mixed-Methods Reasoning and Analysis  

4 cr.

15

EDUC 8900 - Dissertation Companion  (if required)

0 cr.

16

EDUC 9001 - Dissertation  

20 cr.

Timing of residencies

Residency 1: Upon enrollment in program 

Residency 2: Within 18 months of start date or linked to registration in or completion of first research course 

Residency 3: By the end of third year 

Residency 4: During third year and beyond

*Educational Technology specialization requires additional specialization courses in place of these core courses.

Program Data


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